The Train

The Hawke's Bay Express, in all her custom designed splendour


Velvet covered cushioned seats, generously spacious carriages for comfort, truly tall windows, with a bell that rings and a whistle that blows, you’ll feel yourself transported back to a time when first-class meant swing music, polished wooden floors and crimson-tasseled curtains.

    • 18 months in building
    • Cost – more than expected
    • 35 local companies supplied components in the build
    • 400 m of cabling inside the carriages alone
    • 13 tonnes when loaded
    • 20 m long, 3.5 m tall, 2.2 m wide
    • Turning circle of only 14 metres
    • Carriages have four wheel steering which makes the rear of the carriage trace the front
    • Top speed 40km/ hour but brakes to a stop within 20 meters
    • First fully unrestricted road legal passenger road train in New Zealand
    • The look and feel of a full-size steam train
    • Every wheel is braked and there are two override brake systems
    • 14 entrance doors
    • Deck height of 30 cm
    • Large opening windows